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Musharraf May Delay Return to Pakistan


The former President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, speaks at a news conference at a branch of his political party in east London January 19, 2012.

The former President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, speaks at a news conference at a branch of his political party in east London January 19, 2012.

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf says he may delay his planned homecoming later this month, after a warning from the government that he would be arrested if he returned.

During a visit to London Thursday, Musharraf said he is awaiting recommendations from his All Pakistan Muslim League party. He said party leaders are looking into the implications of his return in light of a serious political crisis brewing in Pakistan.

Earlier this month, Musharraf told supporters in Karachi via telephone that he would return between January 27 and January 30 to take part in future general elections. But he faces a threat of arrest in Pakistan for alleged involvement in the 2007 assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

The former president blamed the Pakistani Taliban for the Bhutto attack, but prosecutors have since said he played a role himself.

Musharraf left the country in 2008 to avoid prosecution and has been living in self-imposed exile in London and Dubai.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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